Question and Answer

Capitalization of Pronouns When Referring to Deity

Question:

I notice that in some places on the OPC Web site pronouns "he, his, him" (when referring to God) are capitalized (this seems to be in headings or possibly at the beginning of sentences?), but in most places these pronouns are not capitalized. I don't have any scriptural basis (that I know of -- I'm a new Christian), but I just feel a need to capitalize His name and personal pronouns referring to God. Is there a particular reason these pronouns aren't capitalized regularly? I would guess that there must be a reason, because I know your aim is to glorify the Lord. Mine is too. I would just like to know what someone with more education and knowledge believes and why. I appreciate any guidance you can give in this matter. God bless your ministry. It has certainly been a blessing to me.

Answer:

We follow the style which does not capitalize pronouns relating to deity. This intends no disrespect to God; it is the usage of the historic English Bibles: Wyclif (1380), Tyndale (1534), Cranmer (1539), Geneva (1557), Rheims (1582), and King James Version of KJV (1611). Moreover, it is the style followed by the New International Version (NIV) and English Standard Version (ESV), as well as by our denominational magazine New Horizons. The NASB and NKJV do capitalize pronouns relating to deity (introducing something which is not in the Greek or Hebrew, I might add).

Note the capitalization used in 1 John 5:20, KJV: "And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life."

You are correct in noting that on some of our pages, headings are capitalized (with the exception of definite and indefinite articles [when not the first word of the heading] and prepositions of five letters or fewer, according to common usage).

Thank you for your comments, and for your interest in the OPC website. We are certainly encouraged that the OPC website has been a blessing to you! (SP)


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